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Wrongful Death Damages in Fatal Car Accidents

Posted on November 17, 2016 to

Wrongful Death Attorneys Explains Surviving Family Member Claims

Experienced Fatal Accident Lawyers In Washington, D.C., Virginia And Maryland

highway with lots of trafficMotor vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of death in the United States. Car accidents kill over 30,000 people annually. Some car accident injuries can even cause death long after accidents occur. Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, in particular, can lead to death months or even years after the accident.

Since 1979, our law firm has helped people who have lost loved ones to fatal car accidents throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District. Each wrongful death attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. has years of experience representing families in wrongful death lawsuits, helping them financially recover the maximum amount of damages allowed under the law.

If a car accident in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. has left you without the support and companionship of a family member, do not wait to find out if you are entitled to compensation. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is different in every state, and if you wait too long, you may not be able to recover damages that can help your family financially during this difficult time.

Possible Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

You may have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one was killed in an accident involving negligence on the part of the other driver or company responsible for defective vehicles and parts to recover compensation for the following:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Mental anguish, suffering and pain
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of pension or medical and dental benefits the deceased provided to the family

You may also be entitled to bring a survival action on behalf of your deceased family member if that family member remained alive after the accident but later died because of his or her injuries. A survival action is a wrongful death lawsuit that can recover any medical expenses your deceased loved one incurred between the accident and his or her death.

Speak with an experienced fatal car crash attorney for more information on survival actions and your ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

What to Do to Protect Your Rights after a Fatal Accident in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia

Some obstacles can make gaining the damages you and your family deserves after a wrongful death more difficult and unnecessarily stressful than it should be. This includes:

  • The negligent party’s insurance company trying to either settle for a very low and unfair wrongful death settlement amount
  • The insurance company trying to get out of paying the claim entirely
  • The at-fault party may have been underinsured or uninsured at the time of the fatal car accident
  • Your own insurance company may even be balking at paying you what you need to begin truly recovering

It is important to talk to a personal injury attorney after a serious or fatal auto accident before accepting any insurance settlements.

For more than 30 years, our award-winning team of Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers, Maryland accident attorneys and Virginia fatal accident lawyers have successfully fought on behalf of families and obtained the fairest amounts of wrongful death compensation for their devastating losses.

While no amount of money could ever replace your loved one, gaining fair compensation could be the only recourse you have to hold those responsible for the fatal accident accountable their recklessness and to help deter future careless actions.

When Should I Talk to a Wrongful Death Law Firm? Call Our Experienced  Attorneys in DC Today

A wrongful death lawsuit and survival action involves complex legal issues, and considering what is at stake, it is important to have competent Washington, D.C. wrongful death lawyers working in your best interests while you and your family are grieving. If a car or truck accident has killed your spouse, child or parent, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent person or entity that caused the accident and against that negligent party’s insurance company to hold them accountable for your devastating loss.

The wrongful death attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. have offices near you in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We also have the experience and knowledge to assess your case and work to obtain maximum recovery under the law. Contact us today for a free consultation.